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What To Put In A Care Package 2.0

When I first wrote this, I left out suggestions for what to send boys. Oops. So, I’ve added a few new items to the list. Also, did I mention that I save boxes from when the friendly UPS and FedEx men make their deliveries. (Online shopping in my pj’s is fun.) Yep, I’ve got a […]

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The Best College Guides For Parents And Students

Whether your child has just entered high school and you are still in that blissful state where college is but a dream, or are currently knee deep in the college process and pulling your hair out (don’t worry, you will survive – I’ve been through this twice), your head is probably swimming with questions and […]

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6 Things I Would Tell My 20-Year-Old Self

At twenty I was like many kids at that age: A youthful mixture of  bravado and immaturity. Every thing seemed SO important. EVERY decision was larger than life. Yet honestly, I didn’t have a clue who I was. In reality, I was just a girl who would struggle with frizzy hair for almost forty years […]

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Having “The Talk” Before Your Child Leaves For College

Lots to talk about before Mini-Me leaves for college. Even though she’s heard the speech, I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night if I didn’t say it, yet again. I cringe as the words come out of my mouth, knowing what’s coming, “Mom, you don’t have to tell me this. I’m not stupid.” But, […]

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Shopping for College & Getting Ready For Move In Day

By now you’ve probably bought most, if not all, of the items you think your child (young adult) will need for his/her dorm room. I, on the other hand, have purchased almost nothing. (That’s going to change as soon as I finish this post. Promise!) Yes, I’m completely in denial that my baby girl (I […]

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What do empty nesters and lotto winners have in common?

The days are warm, long and sultry, and my schedule is definitely looser, but that doesn’t mean life is without stress. For the first time in two years, both kids are living at home for the summer and while there are sweet moments of bliss having all the beds filled, it isn’t without turmoil and […]

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Eight Feet and One TV

After dinner we all like to curl up on the couch (or if we’re on vacation we pile on the bed) and watch TV. Mini-Me and I get sandwiched between Big Daddy and College Boy, (6’3 and 6’4), so it gets pretty cozy. After a few minutes of intense negotiations over what to watch (one […]

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When your college kid comes home for the holidays

Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring, and Summer break are when many parents of college age offspring, look forward to their student coming home with hope, excitement and a little trepidation. You hope you don’t say too much, ask too much, or commit the worse crime of all, give unsolicited advice. It is such a strange and awkward […]

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Backpacks and College Apps and SAT’s, Oh My!

Every year when my kids go back to school, the feeling is bittersweet. I’m sad to see the lazy days of summer go and the relaxed attitude of the kids, but I do breathe a long sigh of relief (Ok, it’s more of a “Yippie!”) when I drop them off on their first day of […]

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